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Microbes Defense Academic Society

Johnny Wei
May 8, 2017

The Microbes Defense Academic Society (MDAS) is composed of Vanderbilt medical students and graduate students who share an academic interest in microbiology and immunology. MDAS likes to host both academic and social events that are related to these two broad but exciting academic fields. However, our premier events are review sessions for the first-year medical students held during their Microbes and Immunity block.

Nashville Bar-B-Que

James Law
April 17, 2017
Posted in Nashville

Nestled in the hills of Nashville, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is situated in a prime location for some of the best barbecue Tennessee has to offer, located within a 10-minute drive from the medical center. Here are two popular picks that are definitely worth checking out during your visit - these are some of the best barbecue joints I’ve been to. Coming from a guy who’s lived in Texas for four years, that means a lot. Edley's Bar-B-Que

Senior Send-Off: Courtney Baker

Courtney Baker
April 10, 2017
Posted in Senior Send-Off

Name: Courtney Baker Hometown: Bethesda, MD Intended Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery What made you decide to become a doctor? I wanted to use applied science to directly help people with their problems How did you decide on your specialty?


Rochelle Wong
April 3, 2017

APAMSA stands for Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association. We host a variety of events throughout the year that are open to students of all ethnicities. 

Senior Send-Off: Kelly Wu

Kelly Wu
March 27, 2017
Posted in Senior Send-Off

Name: Kelly Wu Hometown: Toronto, Canada Intended Specialty: General Surgery What made you decide to become a doctor? Patients. The responsibility and privilege of having your mission be to mend the wounded, heal the sick, and comfort the dying. Not just a job, but a calling that motivates you to get out of bed and be better than yesterday.

Student National Medical Association

Jacqueline Harris
March 13, 2017

The Vanderbilt chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is a student organization at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, dedicated to the eradication of health care disparities by bolstering the pipeline, empowering through education on these disparities, and serving the community. We are committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians.

Free Food at Vandy

Han Shi
March 6, 2017
Posted in Student Life

When you’re busy studying for exams or just feel too lazy to cook, there are many options for free food- even gourmet options around the medical center and the Vanderbilt undergraduate campus. In fact, there was a guy who once lived of free food on campus for a week (and didn’t die). I don’t think you all should stoop to those levels, but there is a ton of free eats here.